Monday, July 8, 2013

Evan's plan

     We had a wonderfully, fun day with lots of family yesterday.  We spent the morning back at the cottage trying to clean up from Saturday's party.  The boys found a bunny hopping around the yard and all the kids spent the morning trying to catch him.  It definitely looked like someone's pet and was very tame (but scared).  The kid tried leaving trails of carrots and graham crackers and setting a trap for him.  They tried using a fishing net and even a small laundry basket to trap him.  Mostly they had fun chasing him around, peering under the cottage with a flashlight and looking at him.  Smart bunny that he was, he didn't fall for any of their traps. 
     Once home the younger two boys helped my husband set up a buoy system to try and keep our swim area free of weeds and rake out all the existing weeds.  Ian wanted to go out on my father- in- laws boat and go tubing.  I went with him to act as spotter and about the time we were finishing up we saw my husband and my two younger boys swimming across the lake.  They swam from our house to the cottage.  Alec has been dying to try this and I'll admit that I was amazed he made it the whole way without any life jacket, tube or flotation device!  We decided to invite my family over for a cook out and so I spent the rest of the day indoors cooking up some side dishes.
           My mother, step- father and sisters came to swim with their families and have dinner.  As late afternoon approached we finally had a nice breeze and I was thinking it was going to be perfect cook- out weather.  Then we heard thunder rumbling so we headed inside where the boys all pulled out games to play with their cousin, aunt, and soon to be uncle.  They played the Scrambled States game, Disney Bingo DVD, OperationChutes and LaddersConnect Four and probably a few more I'm forgetting (I love when learning happens naturally through play!).   It was great to just sit and visit and all catch up.  As it started to get later and closer to the boys bedtime Evan started asking if we could play some of the games tomorrow instead. 
       So, before he even went to bed last night Evan had lots of plans for today, rather than fighting it I decided to go with it.  I didn't have anything planned yet anyway so I figured why not?  At least he'd be motivated to participate.  The boys woke up around 7 and wanted to finish watching Despicable Me.  We're hoping to get to the theatre and see Despicable Me 2 this week so I was OK with this.  Just listening to all the giggling makes this such a wonderful family movie.  Evan laughs so hard just thinking about parts of this movie that you can't even understand what part he's trying to tell you about.   Once the movie was over and they were all dressed and ready for the day we dug into our pile of activities. 
     Evan wanted to try playing our Disney Pictionary DVD game today.   It started out OK, but soon proved to be to hard for the boys.  They didn't know many of the characters and they all criticized each other's drawings so after the second round of tears and yelling I turned it off.  That, of course, led to more tears but they soon stopped when I offered to play the Disney Scene- It DVD game.  Evan, Alec and I played a game while Ian chose to go on the computer and play the Magic Tree House game/ website.  It was a fun morning and we finished off our round of games with a few turns playing Twister.
       We read a few books-- Bats at the Library (the boys were so happy to see their friends from Bats at the Beach!) and Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride, which is a true story about Amelia Earheart and Eleanor Roosevelt.  They were friends and one night took a ride around Washington by plane.  The book had many other facts about these two women and an actual picture of them in the plane.  The boys were fascinated to learn that women didn't drive cars or airplanes back then and that these two strong willed women were real pioneers of their times.  While we were still snuggled on the couch reading I pulled out Bats on Parade and read this fun math story to them.  It's all based on multiplication facts and I was soon quizzing them with what would come next before I'd turn the page.  Alec and Ian followed up the book with a quick multiplication war game.  Taking the numeral cards out of the UNO deck, I had them flip over two cards at a time and multiply to find the product.  The highest product wins.  It was the fastest game of war!  Ian quickly conquered Alec, but since lunch was all ready to eat no one complained. 

      During lunch they watched a Bill Nye the Science Guy movie about Momentum.  By the time they finished eating my mother in law had shown up and offered to take them all for a quick jet ski ride.  It was another unbelievably hot, muggy day and we thought that would be a good way to keep cool outside.   They took a trip to the cottage to go bunny hunting again.  Evan really wanted to just pet the bunny and I know the boys are concerned about where it came from and why it's not with it's family.
        We had books and movies due at the library and quite a few new ones that had come in so I wanted to head there today.  On the way to the library we listened to some more of the Boxcar Children Mystery of the Spider's Clue that we started the other day on the way home from the grocery store.  They're really enjoying this series and I'll definitely have to request some more. We brought our UNO cards with us to the library and played a few rounds.  Alec had requested a regular game of UNO after playing war this morning and I thought it would be fun to play a game at the library.  We also filled out some more paws for the kids reading program.
       Once home we had planned to swim and use the finger paints Evan had requested today, but my husband called and surprised us by leaving work early to take us all to the movies-- Despicable Me 2 here we come!

    

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